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First Art Show

July 13th, 2008 3 comments

People like my whimsy kitties! Yesterday at the Blowing Sands art gallery in Ballard, WA as part of a fundraiser for the Feral cat Spay/Neuter project, I donated 4 paintings including Aggie in Red and two of these whimsy kitties. Both whimsy kitties sold! There was a big art walk that evening in Ballard, but unfortunately, Blowing Sands is a bit off the beaten path. I do think their fundraiser was a success, but the larger and more important pieces did not get sold.

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Aggie in Red

June 28th, 2008 4 comments



Aggie was born wild. When I got her she was a shy little kitten with ringworm. Needless to say, she is now in charge of the entire house (except when we have guests, then she becomes a bit more retiring). Here she is catching a sunbeam on a red leather chair. This is an 8″x10″ painting that will be donated to the Colors of Compassion art show and festival which will be at the Blowing Sands Gallery in Ballard and is being done to raise money for the feral cat spay/neuter project. The top painting is my second try. I like it better (and it will fit a standard mat which is important when you don’t have time to get a custom frame)

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Fun at Folklife

June 23rd, 2008 4 comments


This is a 1/4 sheet painting of a couple who were part of the crowd at the 2008 NW Folklife festival. I found her face intriguing and his a little unsettling. Her outfit begged to be painted.

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On the beach – self portrait

June 23rd, 2008 4 comments


I attended a demo put on by the amazing Suzie Short this weekend, called Sea and Shore. This is my attempt to use the skills I learned from her. This is a little smaller than a 1/4 sheet on 300 pound Indian village organic cotton paper. I tried to limit the colors I used here to Quin Sienna, Shadow violet, Ult Blue, Turquoise, yellow ochre and pyrrol orange

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Blues Harp – in his hands (Mark Graham)

June 14th, 2008 2 comments

Mark Graham is a talented old time musician who combines good music with humor, a rather unusual combination. I was taken with his skill at working his mouth harp with his large, well made hands. He so kindly permitted me to paint this portrait while he was jamming at Folklife this year.

I was recently contacted by a fellow artist, Robert Campbell. He was inspired by this painting of Mark, because his own father used to play the harmonica many years before. He used Mark’s hands to make this painting:

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